For a rather long period I am getting now my daily entertainment updates in regard to Japan from Japan probe. Yesterday’s daily email summary presented one documentary “Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice” – actually the trailer for the documentary – which truly impressed me about the open expression of the reality many Japanese women are facing. This bilingual documentary does not judge, but simply show the reality professional Japanese women are facing, which forces them to rethink their place for living.
Personally I never experienced a situation when I had been given limited choices when making a decision for my life. My vocabulary and the environment I was living never contained any statements like “as a woman I have to…”. I was always able to create the life I wanted to have. Discriminations as a woman occurred, but so seldom that it did not affect my life. On the other hand, if I had been born in Japan, I guess I would not have been able to live here on a long-term basis. As a foreign woman I am able to create a life that does not have to apply to the general Japanese societal cultural rules. Compared to local women I have more freedom for the life style I am choosing, although I still have the professional hurdle of being a foreigner in a local talent pool. Have a look at the trailer below and see by yourself the reasons why professional women’s only choice might be to go abroad.
Although I hope to see the documentary one day, my bigger wish is that the economical pressure does not force even more women abroad. Further bilingual brain drain makes Japan even more vulnerable.
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